Wednesday, June 13, 2012

TEACHING IN THE DIGITAL AGE - TECHIES AND DINOSAURS!

TEACHING IN THE DIGITAL AGE
By Brian Puerling

Chapter Two
 “Using Photographs and Images to Inspire”

Oh, my goodness!  I haven’t written a book report since high school!  Let’s see if I can remember how to do this!

First, I feel like a kid who just learned to ride her bicycle!  This is a challenge for me, but I want to pat myself on the back for learning something new.  My techie mentor (Vanessa Levin) is an inspiring teacher who is helping me scaffold to a new level.  If you are a dinosaur or a techie, TEACHING IN THE DIGIAL AGE is a great summer adventure.  I’ve even learned how to use the QR scans in the book, which make it come alive.   Here’s your ticket to this amazing journey:

Several years ago I purchased a Kitchen Aide stainless steel mixer with all the bells and whistles.  I put it under the sink and it has sat there for 6 years.  I NEVER used it because it was easier to get out my old hand held mixer.   (I finally gave the Kitchen Aide to a friend last week.)  Why am I telling you this?  Well an iPad or interactive white board or any new tool doesn’t do you any good unless you KNOW how to USE it and you USE it to accomplish something.  Author Brian Puerling wants to help you make the most of the technology tools you have to connect with children…open the door to a new world…reinforce learning…capture children’s interest…and take them into the future.

When I saw the chapter “Using Photographs and Images to Inspire” I thought it would be about using children’s photographs to make books, name cards- etc.  Wrong!  It was about the power and opportunities that are instantaneously available through technology.  (A long time ago we had to go to a place called the library and spend hours looking for photographs.)   Puerling gives examples of how photographs can be used to facilitate conversation, encourage desired behaviors, develop schema, create interest in the world and other communities, and enrich all areas of learning.

My favorite vignette  from the book was a video with four-year-old Eddie.  Eddie’s parents have done an outstanding job TEACHING Eddie how to use the iPad as they capture his interest in learning.  I’m afraid too often parents use technology as a baby sitter rather than a one-on-one learning opportunity.

Now, here’s the grandmother teacher in me coming out.  As wonderful and powerful as technology can be, don’t forget to turn it off and sing a song and do a finger play.  Ask children to close their eyes and make pictures in their brains as you read a story.  Imagination is the greatest tool of all!

And, here are a few hands on activities that popped in my head as I read the chapter!

Swiper
Have children hold up their index finger.  Explain that is the finger they use on the iPad to swipe.  It’s called “Swiper.”  Put your index finger behind your back and begin singing the song below to the tune of “Where Is Thumbkin?”

Where is Swiper?  
Where is Swiper?  (Children repeat each line.)
Here I am.             (Bring index finger in front of you and wiggle.)
Here I am.
Ready to swipe.      (Move finger as if swiping.)
Ready to swipe.
Yes, I can!             (Shake finger as if saying, “yes.”)
Yes, I can!
SWOOOSH!  (Make a sound as you move your finger in the air.)

*Let children draw a face on a dot sticker and attach it to their fingernail.

iPads for All
Each child in your classroom can have her own iPad with this project.  Place your iPad on the copy machine and make a color copy.  Glue the photo to the inside of a pocket folder.  Children can practice identifying letters, typing their names, spelling words, etc.

Singing Books
Use children’s photographs to increase print connections and create interest in letters and sounds.

Welcome to Our Room
(Tune:  “Good Night, Ladies”)
Hello, Jason!
Hello, Jason!
Hello, Jason!
We’re glad you’re in our room.

The Alphabet in My Mouth
(Tune:  “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”)
I’ve got A /a/ /a/ in my mouth.
I’ve got A /a/ /a/ in my mouth.
I’ve got A /a/ /a/ in my mouth,
And I can read.

Make new friends, but keep the old.
One is silver and the other is gold.
Brian Puerling’s technology teaches something new,
But Dr. Jean has an old song for you, too!

Matt from Look at My Happy Rainbow (  http://lookatmyhappyrainbow.com/) will be the tour guide next week as we visit Chapter 3 “Rethinking Projectors.”

We hope you’ll share your ideas and comments by linking up!




24 comments:

  1. I love your book report...especially the swiper song. One area that we work on all year is the children being able to express their ideas. I realized that pictures can help the children get thoughts out of their brains, using words. Also, I loved watching the boy manipulate the iPad and use big words, like "download". It is becoming common for these little ones to instinctively use technology. That means we have to learn learn learn to keep up.

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    1. Wasn't little Eddie the cutest?!? I just wanted to take him home with me! Kids never cease to amaze us with their abilities.

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    2. Life is like riding a bicycle. If you stop pedaling you fall off. I'm pedaling as fast as I can to keep up with Eddie!

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  2. Classrooms are changing as technology becomes embedded with what is familiar to us. I love how you are able to integrate them both through song. Thank you.

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    1. I thank you! Teachers like you are why I LOVE what I do! Children need roots and wings. Traditional stories, songs, rhymes and finger plays are the roots I can share with them. Technology will be the wings to help them fly in the future. It's not "either - or", it's "both - and."

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  3. I love the ideas you shared here. I really like the ipad for everyone idea. I am going to share that with my teachers. I wrote a blog post about using pictures in the classroom. I need to finish reading chapter 2 to get more ideas. Thanks for hosting this book party.

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    1. We would love to have you link up your post about using pictures in the classroom Dorene! Chapter 2 is fantastic, I had no clue what the chairs and houseplants were for- I definitely learning a thing or two lol! Thanks for joining us here :)

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  4. I love the swiper song. :)
    I was just at the TCEA Tots and Technology conference in Galveston and my favorite session was Using photography in language by Alex D. Jones. (He also has iphone apps. He encourages the use of photographs just like Puerling did. It was so great to hear another presenter talk about something I had just read.
    Love how technology is getting more integrated.

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    1. Did they have Tots and Technology in Galveston again? I would love to go one day but not if they keep having it down there :( It sounds like a great conference!

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    2. Oh, yeah! I love your term "integrated." Perfect!

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    3. Yes vannapk1 it was Monday and Tuesday of this week. If you would like I can send you a cd with all of the handouts that are available. Just let me know your email.
      And is the reason that you don't want to go to Galveston due to distance? I can understand, I lucked out because I only live 20 miles from there.
      Talk to you soon

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  5. I just ordered this book since I am working as a curriculum specialist with transitional kinder and I know this is going to be an area I need to learn more about. I love technology but it's not a babysitter and our kids need to live in real time too! Your book report gets an A+ from me.
    Fran@kindergartencrayons

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    1. Congratulations on your new position Fran, you will be awesome! You will love this book, the videos are what make it so much more than just another book- they are fantastic. I hope you will join the linky :)

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    2. Thanks, Fran! You are the perfect leader to fuse hands-on with technology!

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    3. I love the concept of fuse hands-on with technology!
      :)

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  6. So what are some great apps for the preschool crowd for the ipad?

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    1. Chapter 9 of the book study will be all about iPads, so stay tuned! But in the meantime I have a series on my blog called What's App Wednesday where you might find some ideas: What's App Wednesday

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  7. Oh, the grandmother in you is what will help keep a balance between the use of technology and all the wonders it has to offer and those real life experiences. My daughter has one of those Kitchen Aides and where do you think it is? Yep - in the back of a cupboard somewhere - probably still in a box.

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    1. Don't tell anybody Deb, but I have one of those Kitchen Aide mixers in the back of my cabinet still in the box too lol! :)

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  8. Dr. Jean, I love that your post about technology includes "old-fashioned" songs and finger plays. I just linked up with a post about why I won't be using technology in my Pre-K class. While I don't think it is inherently bad for 3-5 year olds to use technology occasionally, I certainly don't believe its necessary (they truly won't "get behind" if it is introduced later) and I do think it is dangerous when it takes young children away from imaginative, interactive play with other children or the development of fine and gross motor skills. I'm not a grandmother yet, but I am apparently a dinosaur :)
    Lyn
    Mrs. Goff's Pre-K Tales

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  9. I don't believe that technology replaces play, it enhances it when used correctly and that is what this book is all about. I teach 3 year olds and they are able to access so much more information due to technology. I love the different ideas about using photos in the classroom. And thanks Dr. Jean for reminding me of the great idea about using pics of the letters 'in' the kids' mouths. I attended a conference at ETSU last summer and that was one of the great ideas you presented - I had forgotten about it until now. I am loving this bbok study!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! The thing that I am getting from the book is that the iPad is an amazing TOOL. It's a TOOL and it can be used in powerful ways to help children learn. The video with Eddie reminded me how important INSTRUCTION is with a tool. It's our responsibility to teach children how to use the tool appropriately and carefully. You don't just hand a child an iPad and say, "Play with this toy." It's like teaching driver's ed. We need to sit next to the children and travel down the technology highway with them. I'm excited about the journey!

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  10. Thanks for the ideas & songs! Expanding on the iPad for everyone idea, I think it would be neat to copy different screens of the iPad and glue them to a sheet of cardboard to place in the house area/dramatic play area. My students like to use cell phones in their play, and it would be fun to watch them emulate their parents with a pretend iPad.

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  11. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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